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TX Factor

Tx Factor is a 30 minute ‘TV’ programme that comes through YouTube and is all about ham radio. The blurb on their website says….

‘TX Factor is a brand new series of high definition TV shows covering all aspects of the hobby which is amateur radio. Our presenters explore the history of amateur radio, rigs, antennas, operating modes, propagation, sport radio, training, club news, RSGB news, world news – in fact, anything and everything! TX Factor is a professionally produced programme presented by radio amateurs for radio amateurs – so watch our latest episodes and find out what the TX Factor has to offer’

The programmes are excellent and beat Eastenders hands down. Have a look on the TX Factor YouTube Channel

 

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Homebrew Project and BEC Fab Lab

This years homebrew project will be the 20m version of the popular Hans Summers, G0UPL Ultimate QRSS kit. The kits are low cost and easy to put together. The finished article will allow you to send out WSPR, CW, QRSS and a multitude of other AF modes through a qrp PA. Build time should be a couple of hours.

To add an extra element to the build there is and opportunity to team up with the new BEC fab Lab in Cockermouth to make use of their facilities to fabricate your own case and finish off the kit with a laser cut acrylic case. The Fab Lab has only been open a few short weeks and is looking forward to sharing our hobby and knowledge with them.

If you’re interested then drop me an email. Once we have numbers etc we’ll set a date and book ourselves in with the Fab Lab

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Foundation training

We will be running a series of foundation classes that will lead up to the the exam. Due to the numbers we have decided to run these on the usual club nights starting on the 31st March.

There will be 2 intensive tuition sessions on the first two nights followed by a recap and exam on the 3rd. Hopefully this should sit well with those who want to take part.

Please get in contact with Glyn and make sure you’re on his list

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LX1WC Surprise

One of the harder tasks we have after a successful special event station or DXpedition is to run through the many qsl cards that people spend the time and effort to produce. The vast majority come in pretty soon after the events but every now and again we get one or two that give us a bit of a surprise. Normally they are several months if not years after the event and it always make us chuckle and reach for the stack of older cards we have for these moments.

There is one card that we received just this week and we think it deserves a special mention, not because it was one of the first we received but more over it was what was inside it.

A very generous donation to the SOS Radio Week fundraising.

From Luxembourg….not noted for its proximity to the sea

So Claude, LX1WC our thanks for your donation and I hope you enjoyed working us.

ps. Sorry for the poor scan

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